A former Tag Team Champion has revealed that think they got heat backstage for sitting with Roman Reigns and other top stars.
Following a try-out in Dubai, Rezar, real name Gzim Selmani, signed with WWE in 2015. After initially working as a singles wrestler, the Dutch-born Superstar teamed with Sunny Dhinsa, who later became known as Akam.
The pair were given the name The Authors of Pain, and they began their climb through WWE’s ranks. Flanked by legendary manager Paul Ellering, the duo won the 2016 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic before winning the NXT Tag Team Titles.
The powerhouses made the move to the main roster in April 2018, winning the Raw Tag Team Championships that November. The team suffered a stop-start next couple of years with each man suffering injury problems.
In a recent interview, Rezar lifted the lid on a confrontation he had with Baron Corbin, and how the team were treated differently backstage to others.
Speaking during an appearance on The Wrassingh Show, the former WWE star explained that he believes that the pair got heat for sitting with Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose (Jon Moxley).
“I guess he [Corbin] felt bothered that we were sitting at the back and everybody had fun with us. Everybody was very friendly with us because we were very friendly to them. They couldn’t believe how friendly we were. We were sitting down with Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, right? Such good-hearted guys, and I guess people felt bothered by it.”
However, despite the aforementioned issues with Corbin, Rezar revealed that the pair eventually became friends.
“I guess he felt a little bit stepped on his toes, but he accepted it. He can’t do anything about it, right? Eventually we squared it off, we became good friends. But it just shows you, you have that in every sport, if you’re a new guy and you get to the top right away, there’s some kind of… not jealousy, but I don’t know what to call it.”
The Authors of Pain were released by WWE in September 2020, choosing to be with their families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
H/t to Sportskeeda for the transcription.